There is an old childhood song that goes ‘make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.’ Wise advice for all of us.
Recently, we have been blessed beyond measure with friends, new and old in our lives. some we have met in the past month – while others we met decades ago. (Sounds a bit strange to say ‘decades’). A friend from New Brunswick called us and chatted on the phone. Precious moments to be grateful for all the God has done in our lives. We visited with some new friends locally that blessed us in our time lived in Lambton County. It was special as they wanted to share some vacation time with us. Such an offer of trust! And there were the seminary friends who reached out to meet us for breakfast which became lunch, which became dinner…the investment of time in shared experiences, both joyful and sorrowful.
These are just a few examples – I could name so many that God has recently allowed for us to both look back and reflect and look ahead with anticipation. We sometimes wonder how Heaven will be as we enjoy these wonderful reunions here on earth. We indulge ourselves in the ‘here and now’ and for a moment forget that we will be basking at the feet of Jesus, our best Friend of all.
We were created to be relational. It is one of life’s greatest pleasures as humans. My beloved and I are no exception. How we love to be with people around our table, in a coffee shop, sitting in front of a fire and just letting our friendship grow. Sharing life, love, laughter and tears. It’s been a very rich life for us. We have had the joy and privilege of getting to know so many people.
It’s been said (often by us) that the passage of time is irrelevant in a real friendship. We can see each other every week or once in thirty years and the result is still the same. While a weekly meeting may be shorter in duration, the thirty year pause may need some serious restaurant table rental (as evidenced today). BUT, the warmth, the friendship, the continuity is astounding.
While gold and silver are both very precious – the same can be said of our friends – old and new. They have lifted us, loved us and listened to us and we trust that we have done the same for them. Some were in our life for a season – very special memories. Some were in our life for a reason – lessons learned and life lived. Some, we believe, are in our life for the rest of our lives and that is humbling and we cherish the very thought of such a relationship.
We hope that such a trust between us will be treated as the treasure it is intended to be – safety, grace, mercy, empathy, patience, kindness – to name a few. Our hearts are fragile places and we entrust them to our friends. It is risky business, but it is the right thing to do. We invest in our friends and the investment returned to us is pure gold and pure silver. We are very wealthy. And thankful. And honoured.